Musicians are a Rare Breed

Musicians are a rare breed. Each of us has our own style, and our own way of doing what we love.

There are some musicians who develop their style at the beginning. Others have to let it come to them naturally. This process could take weeks, months, or even years before their style is found. They might try out several ways before latching onto the style that suits them best. But that is okay, music isn’t a race.

I can't read a note of music. I play by ear and have done so for forty-six years. Any song I hear, I can play. Whether it’s right in front of me, or heard from a distance. Music is a huge part of my life. I have never regretted all the hours of practice I’ve put in. The more I’ve worked at learning music, the better it has become.

It was my first love, and my friend and companion through both the good and the bad times of my life. It cheers me up, lifts my spirits and keeps me sane. Money is really not important to me. I play because I love it, plain and simple. But if we as musicians can make money doing what we love, then all the better.

In playing guitar, and in writing music, including lyrics, no two musicians have the exact same style. Even their writing styles are different. But if you’re a passionate musician like I am, it really doesn't matter whether it's Country, Rock, Soul, Pop, or whatever kind of music it is, you will play it all. This is who you are. You play to please the crowd you perform in front of, but only after you practice for weeks leading up to the show, and you know the songs inside out.

There is no feeling in the world like a fan saying they loved the music you played. And when you look at the audience, and every seat in the place is empty because all the people are out on the dance floor, dancing to every song you play, that my friends is when you can give yourself, and your band members, a pat on the back for a job well done.

JD Couch - MU Guest Author

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